The Winter 2011 Collection
Tab Front Jacket
Every time Livingsoft releases a seasonal pattern
collection, support is added for some new style or fashion trend that has
proven popular that season. These new patterns often provide the basis for
major new design enhancements that get incorporated into all patterns in
the Dress Shop catalog. At least one of the new patterns developed for The Winter
2011 Collection has already made that leap - with this update. If you look under "Outerwear -
Capes and Ponchos", you should see the new "Cloak" category there with the
usual variety of closure, necklines, and collar options. Be sure to check
the "Options - Shaping and Finish" dialog for armhole and shaping options.
The Winter 2011 Collection brings you much more than just
the new cloaks, though....
All About The Winter 2011 Collection
by Kaaren Hoback
Ah... The Winter 2011 Collection … we had so much Fun with
this. Capes, cloaks and ponchos with various closures and options,
mock sleeves that are called cape sleeves, long and luxurious with open
side seams, welt openings for hands, short and trippy ponchos. For the
classic city evening wear try an opera cape with a hood and velvet ties…
oh fun, fun, fun.
I fell hard for the Cape Sleeve cape and invested some in this black
cashmere knit ( yes- it does feel Yummy) with long hair faux fur trim.
It was fun taking pictures out at Ravella’s Fountain at Lake Las Vegas
early on Thanksgiving morning.
The Cape Sleeve Cape
While you may not necessarily be an opera fan, the
versatile Opera Cloak can keep you warm and dry on any evening out in a
nice outfit you need to protect from inclement weather. The Opera
- Includes hood to protect your hair as well.
- Can be any length from inseam to floor
- Has a shoulder line built in to provide a closer, more dressy look
than the simpler capes.
- Is narrower and has less hemline curve than a cape as well.
- With the other cloaks included in the Winter 2011 Collection, it
provides a variety of options for your arms including:
- Welted hand openings
- Open side seam
- Cape Sleeves!
The Cape Sleeve Cape has mock sleeves and you can handle this any
way you wish. Sew the shoulder and over arm sleeve seam down to the sleeve
point. Then you have the option of sewing the side sleeve below the sleeve
hem down to the cape hem or leaving it open. The Cape may be fully lined,
trimmed, or use the facings. You will also find a single line which mocks
the sleeve's connecting point to the body of the cape. This can be
ignored, stitched, or even slashed open with finished raw edges.
Linings! Several of the new capes and cloaks
in this collection needed linings and those were currently only being
offered with jackets. You can now add linings to almost any vest, cape,
cloak, or other outerwear that might need them. Vests with points
currently do not yet have lining support, but almost any other outerwear
does. See "Options - Shaping and Finish" to select them.
The curved center front of the bolero pattern has spawned
a number of variations and we decided to include several of those in this
new collection. The standard Bolero can be the classic Matador length
(Above Waist) as well as waist length and ab length. The 2-Button Bolero
pictured at left can be up to inseam length. Be sure to check the
Advanced Closure settings for adjustments to the shape of the jacket
front. You can make an incredible variety of shapes using the Bolero
settings in that dialog.
Tab Front Jacket
This new jacket has a buttoned overlap at the
top, angling down to an open front at the bottom. This elegant jacket
makes a stylish statement with a simple, easy to make design.
Ponchos are just plain sheer fun and possibly
the simplest pattern to cut and sew in entire Dress Shop catalog. But, add a
collar and with the right fabric, you can get a great pull-over. Nancy did
the Turtleneck Poncho while Luz's Poncho has a separate scarf rather than
The problem with yokes for skirts has always been that the
shaping needed between the waist and the hip can sometimes be too much for
the side seam of a short yoke. The angle of the side seam is just too
extreme and hard to sew. With these new yoked skirt patterns, we added
darting to the yoke piece so you can get yoke look but still have darts
to provide the shaping and fit you might need. You can also add extra
width below the yoke for pleating or gathers and get a great variety of
looks from this simple new design element.
There are many more patterns in this exciting new collection, so do
come by the Livingsoft web site and check out more customer photos of what is
included. Click here
to see more!
Sewing With Fur
by Kaaren Hoback
The Fur Vest pattern included in The Winter 2011 Collection is
incredibly simple with just two shoulder seams and 2 side seams,
optional linings, hem and done. But, if you do make one with fur
or if you use fur with any jacket, cape, cloak,
or other outerwear, there are some things to be taken into
The Fur Vest was designed with some extra room due to the
density of the “fabric”. You will see that an allowance for a shoulder pad is
in the pattern. We don’t expect you to use the shoulder pad, but
it was a quick easy way to add extra space due to the density of
A few faux fur sewing tips: If planning on using fur for trim or
the body of your garment, know that fur with a knit backing can
be torn rather than cut, greatly reducing the damage and loss of
“hairs”. The trick is to minimize the amount of damaged “hairs”
Lay your pattern out on the wrong side of the fur, and chalk the
outline. Use just the tips of your scissors and cut through only
the knit backing leaving the hairs undamaged on the right side.
If at all possible cut outside the house or in the garage to
minimize the cleanup! Inside keep your vacuum cleaner handy! An
electric shaver can shave off the fur hairs in the seam
allowance and reduce the bulk under the machine needle. Check
your presser foot tension if you can, and lengthen your stitch
length at least 1 notch. Real fur pelts take some extra
grooming and effort.
To line faux fur cut the lining a scant 1/8th inch smaller than
the fashion piece. This will pull the edge towards the lining
and keep it tight and secure.
Fur Hooks available by Dritz and others are wonderful closures
if desired. They disappear into the hair and are a great
substitute for buttons.
To see more customer photos from this collection, or to
Dress Shop Upgrade Discounts
The Winter 2011 collection (and all other
Dress Shop collections to come in the
future) require ownership of Dress Shop 8 or later. Owners of Dress Shop
versions prior to version 8 will need to
upgrade to continue receiving program enhancements, new collections, and
new patterns in the future.
Livingsoft has had a number of inquiries in the
past few days regarding the upgrade discount offer.
To avoid contributing to holiday stress and
rush, we are extending the upgrade offers through December 31, 2011.
This will be the last chance for these upgrade
rates, though, so do check them out before they expire.
Click here to see what comes with an
Upgrade Dress Shop 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 Standard to Dress Shop 9 Standard for just $50!
Upgrade any non-Pro version of Dress Shop to Dress Shop 9
Pro for $200!
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Half Price For Winters Past!
To keep the LivingsoftNW web site somewhat tidy, we have
been removing older collections as new ones are released. At any given time,
only the most recent 4 seasonal collections are being offered. Those older
collections are not necessarily dated and useless, though. The prior Winter
Collections have some creative designer coat, jackets, dress, and blouse
patterns in them, so we will occasionally bring one back for
a limited time release.
Through January 15, 2012, the Winter 2008 and Winter 2010 Collections
are back and available at 50% off.
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